Leaders Trust God

Lead Strong Devotional Thumbnail - part 1By Cindy Beall

When the time comes for us to leave this earth, what will be said of us? For me, many things could be said of me depending on what person is talking. Some might call me religious or a good girl. Others might say I’m friendly while some may think I’m too direct. But those who know us well, what will they say?

2 Kings 18:5 says, “Hezekiah trusted the Lord, the God of Israel.” Wow, what a phrase! To be remembered that you trusted the Lord. And verse six goes on to say that “there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, before or after his time.” Can you imagine having that written in your eulogy?

That is what I want to be remembered for. I want people to say, “Cindy trusted the Lord.” Not because I had it all down and didn’t make frequent errors in judgment and not because I never wavered and wondered if God would really come through in life. And certainly not because I want to be patted on the back. Hello? I’ll be in Heaven. It won’t matter. But while I’m here on earth, I want to know that one day I’ll be remembered for trusting in God.

Because I did do those things – make mistakes and doubt God and desire a few “atta girl” comments – in my life. But despite those shortcomings, I do trust God. Even when I can’t see ahead or don’t understand or want another outcome. Even when I think God is tarrying too long or doesn’t heal quick enough.

What makes a leader trust God is that he or she does not lean on their own understanding as Proverbs 3:5 says. Sure, as leaders we are to exhibit wisdom from God but even in the times when we are tempted to trust in human reasoning, we must listen for that still, small voice that compels us to follow Him. We must trust in Someone greater.

What about you? Do you trust God? Do you really believe that He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do? Do you really believe that His plans, ways, thoughts and ideas are superior to yours?

Spend time today repenting where you don’t trust Him and decide to change that going forward.

 

Leaders Are Kingdom-Minded

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By Brandi Wilson

This story in Genesis is one I have heard taught on so many times. However, right now it is speaking to me in so many new ways. I love the example Joseph is to us to stay kingdom-minded. After all, Joseph had been thrown into a hole and sold as a slave by his own brothers.

These same brothers of his who showed up in the midst of a famine and needed something from little brother. You know what a lot of us would have done in that situation? Yell for someone to dig a hole, throw our brothers in and then ask them how it feels. Our human nature often wants the other party to feel the same pain, experience a similar hurt in order to feel what we think will be relief to us. But we all know that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves us starving and empty.

A relationship in my personal life has unraveled. It’s been hard, worse than hard. Some days the loneliness aches deep in my soul. Some days being alone is comforting because if I am alone, I can’t disappoint anyone.

Lately, I’ve felt the Holy Spirit tug at my heart. Reminding me that, regardless of my pain, God loves that other person as much as He loves me. He wants to bless them as much as He wants to bless me. He wants to bestow His goodness and mercy on them the same way He wants to shower it on me.

Joseph lived a kingdom-minded life. Even though his brothers caused him great pain because they caused separation from his father and forced him to enter an unknown world, his desire was still to allow them to see that they were serving the same God. The God who “sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Joseph isn’t saying God sent me ahead for ME… he is reminding them “God sent me ahead for US.”

What is happening in your life that needs a kingdom-mindset?

Leaders Don’t Boast

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By Lori Wilhite

Children are master braggarts. A little of the thumbs in the ears and wiggling of the fingers and a tiny shake of the booty and a melodious “nanny-nanny-boo-boo!” Yes. Bragging masters.

As adults, we’ve more finely tuned our boasting. We’ve traded in those wiggly fingers for well-timed social media posts, and refined the little song and dance to a simple #humblebrag. Maybe we are even better master braggarts than when we were younger.

All of us, every leader, no matter how great, will be tempted to be boastful. Every. Single. One.

Joseph, with his fabulous coat and his dreams of ruling over his family, was no different. Genesis 37:8 in the NLT says his brothers “hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.” It wasn’t just the runway worthy jacket or those vivid dreams of his, it was the way Joseph talked about them that really got on his brothers’ last nerves. Maybe he did throw in a little “nanny-nanny-boo-boo” after all.

The way in which we talk matters too. There is often the thinnest of very thin lines between celebrating and boasting. How can we, as leaders, keep ourselves from boasting?

First, do a heart check. Ask yourself: Why am I sharing this?

Sometimes we need to take a moment and get gut-level honest with ourselves about our motives before we speak, share or hit send. Am I posting for encouragement? Do I share for celebration? Am I seeking to make myself look better?

Second, do a filter check. Ask yourself: Is there a better way to be sharing this?

Even with the right motivations, we can still miss the delivery. I should take a second look at that photo before it invades Instagram. Reread that comment before it is shot out through my text messages. And think twice about that story before my lips get ahead of my brain.

People don’t want to follow a boastful leader. In fact, just like Joseph’s brothers, that bragging may lead to nothing but the building up of resentment in their hearts. Let’s be leaders willing to consistently check our hearts and filters to ensure that we don’t boast.

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Tweet This. – Part 6

Lori BrandiDo you know how much God loves you? Yes, I’m talking to you, darlin’.

He sent His precious son to die so that He could spend eternity with you.
He knit you together in your mother’s womb.
He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
He deposited His Spirit in you and guaranteed what is to come.
He says that nothing can separate you from His love.
He is for you.
His compassions for you never fail.
He has removed our transgressions from us.
He has adopted you as His child.
He has justified you.
He bought you with a price.
He gave you direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus.
He does not condemn you.
He works everything for your good.

Should I go on? Okay, I will.

He has given you a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
He seated you with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
He delights in you because you fear Him.
He has given you everything you need for a godly life.
He is your strong tower.
He forgives you.
He adores you.
He comforts you.
He appointed you.
He chose you.

Friend, He chose you. He knows your name and how many hairs, died and highlighted, you have on your beautiful skull. His love for you remains. It does not ebb and flow with the tides of life. It is constant. 

He is constant. 

Rest in that.

Spend some time today meditating on the truths above that are straight from God’s Word. Add others to the list that encourage you.

These Tweet This quotes are just a few of the amazing bits of insight we picked up from speakers at Re:Treat 2015. Join us for Re:Treat 2016 in Las Vegas, October 25-27. Check out all of the details by clicking here.